I have problem to get my Standard Sata ACHI driver properbly installed. There is a yellow marker on the driver
at Device Manager in Windows 10 Control Panel. I have tried to both manually and with Intel® Driver Support Assistant softwate but without any success. Can someone help me?
Operating system: Windows 10 64 bit
Hi @KEkho ,
Standard SATA AHCI driver, a.k.a. Windows inbox SATA driver (storahci.sys) is simply NOT the correct driver to support Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe PCIe SSD. The correct driver is either the Microsoft inbox NVMe driver (stornvme.sys) or Samsung's NVMe driver.
Windows 10 normally defaults to installing the Microsoft inbox NVMe driver whenever an NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD (like the Samsung 970 EVO Plus) is detected in the system. The Samsung NVMe driver, when installed manually following Leon's procedure above, will replace the Microsoft inbox NVMe driver.
Since your NUC has a Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe SSD installed, which interfaces to PCIe not SATA, and if you don't plan to add a 2.5" SATA HDD or SSD as a second storage device, the "Standard SATA AHCI Controller" serves no purpose in your NUC, so I recommend you go into Visual BIOS setup to disable the chipset SATA controller. This should make the yellow bang "Standard SATA AHCI Controller" device disappear from Windows device manager.
If I remember correctly, the first time you set up your NUC, you will need to place an internal SSD in temporarily, even if not planning on using a 2.5" SSD ever. Don't ask me why, but I remember mine would not even boot without first hooking up an internal SSD. And if you have an internal SSD plugged into the machine when installing windows (followed by then using that Intel driver utility to install the additional Intel drivers, rebooting when prompted, and then installing the Samsung drivers you were told about above and rebooting when asked), you should never see that yellow flag appear on the controller in device manager ever again! (Because it was fixed correctly, w/o disabling the controller).
Then you can shutdown the NUC and remove the 2.5" SSD and never plug in a 2.5" internal SSD ever again if that's what you want.
If something was designed to work correctly but is not, instead producing an error, there are two paths you can take.
The first is to find out the root cause and fix the problem, eliminating it altogether.
The second is to apply a patch, resolving the issue for the time being, but never really solving the root cause.
To me the choice is obvious.